The mountain lodge Kallergis, with a unique view to the gorge of Samaria and to the peaks of Gigilos, Volakias, Melidaou and Pachnes lies above Omalos plateau, on the western slope of Lefka Ori (White Mountains), at an altitude of 1650 metres. It can accommodate 45 persons.
It was built in 1970. From April to October, it is opened every day and it is equipped with a kitchen. With the help of the Austrian Alpine School of Innsbruck, trekkers can spend the night here and then proceed to the main massif of White Mountains. The path to the mountain lodge begins from Xyloskalo, in front of the entrance to the gorge and it goes up in a northeastern direction, where, after 20 minutes it reaches an ascending dirt road; after a 45-minutes walk, the dirt road leads to a small enclosure in front of the lodge, which offers a unique view to the peaks opposite, as well as to the plateau. In front of the lodge, the visitor enjoys and, at the same time, perceives the size of the mountain massif with great owe. To the north, the slopes of Samaria, wild and densly vegetated, extent where the eye meets the vast azzure of the Libyan Sea. To the west, the peaks of Volakias and Gigilos impress with the wild beauty of sleek rocks. To the southseast, the peaks of Pachnes, Melidaou and Mavri a little higher, and then, to the north, an aspect of the Cretan Sea. All those condense the essence of this place.
Visit Period :
Svourikti - Holiopoulos
The next mountain lodge is the most recent and the higher in the Cretan mountains. It lies a bit lower than the peak Svourichti, at an altitude of 2.080 metres, in the heart of White Mountains (Lefka Ori).
It was built in 1994 of stone and wood by the master - builder Christos Chouliopoulos, who was the chairman of the Club. As a token of appreciation for his work, the lodge took his name. It is worth mentioning that a great bulk of the building materials have been transported to the site by helicopter. From Kallergis lodge it takes 6-7 hours to get there, whereas from the area of Rousies, at the end of the dirt road from Anopolis it takes 3 hours. The lodge accommodates 20 persons.
The third mountain lodge lies at the area of Sfakia. It was built on Tavri plateau, over Askyfou plateau at an altitude of 1200 metres in 1992 and it also bears the name Askyfou.
From the village Askyfou, one can follow a rural road of a total length of 7,7 kilometres that leads here. However, it is worth following the magnificent itinerary of the path that takes you into the dense cypress trees forest that climbs up from the village to Tavri plateau. The walking distance is about 1,5-2 hours.